#1
hey im trying to get better at fingerpicking and just want to know if there are any bad habits to not develop before anything becomes hard to break
heres a few i noticed that might be potentially dangerous
do my fingers (right hand) have to stay close to the strings? my index finger always goes up an inch when im using the others.
do i strum with my thumb? it may sound stupid but im really used to a pick and its hard to tell watching and deciphering pros when they play complicated material
#2
Quote by sgman133
do my fingers (right hand) have to stay close to the strings? my index finger always goes up an inch when im using the others.

There's a chance it might not be a problem, but it would be much safer to keep your fingers near the strings when they're not in use. You can just rest your thumb on the string (unless you want the note to ring out, of course).

Quote by sgman133
do i strum with my thumb? it may sound stupid but im really used to a pick and its hard to tell watching and deciphering pros when they play complicated material

There are a couple of different ways to strum:
1.) Strum with the thumb.
2.) Strum with a finger (generally index or middle)
3.) Pluck every string of the chord simultaneously with your fingers.
They're all valid, but each one gives different sounds.
Quote by HorizonShadow
Just eat the headstock.

That'll make you look mad.